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Friday, January 27, 2012

No Title Found

I'm listening to Rick Astley and waiting for 3 o'clock. Yes, I have work that I could do, but it will take me all of about 15 minutes to finish..so I gotta save that for around 2:45. So, instead of doing my work; I'm going to sit here and blog about nothing in particular.

Let's see.... What's the first thing that comes to my mind..? ...

Blow holes. ...I don't see where that could possibly turn into anything interesting.

hmm.... The stochastic effects ionizing radiation has on the object being radiated. ...um... no.

Boogers.
Tattle tales.
Chipper shredders.
Time.
Lunch.
Belly buttons.
Disney World.
Hair cuts.
Lips.
Macho Man Randy Savage.....??? lol
Karaoke.

OK!. Enough.. it's just not working today. I'm not 'feeling' it. I need to do another blog challenge so I have a specific topic to write about. ..or you guys could send me suggestions. Either way.. I promise to have a developed blog next time.

Guess I need to go do something constructive.

YAY IT'S FRIDAY!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

All Rolled Into One

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have no excuse for not writing.. I have wanted to write for the past few days (more than normal), I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and do it. I’m finding it harder and harder to situate some “me” time. I don’t even get private bathroom privileges. Not only does my four year old completely disregard privacy, but now my cat has figured out how to push the door open. Nothing like a cat rubbing on your leg while you’re trying to become one with nature.

Anyway, yes.. I know how utterly NON lady-like that was.. I’m sorry. They really need to think of another term for those of us women down here in the south who aren’t such the typical “Southern Belle.” Maybe they can call us “Ding-Dongs” or something. ..

So, I am in the middle of writing that story blog I’ve been telling you about. And, it’s coming just swimmingly; I just can’t find time to FINISH IT! See? This is why I need monetary funds. I really need someone to love me and send me many, many monies so I can go home and write. I’ll even call myself something so you can write it off as charity. … Maybe “Ding-Dong Doodler, Inc.” No, wait… a doodler is an artist… hang on…

..

……oh FIZZLE STIX!

I am not coming up with anything catchy right now. Let my mind wander and I’ll come up with something.

So, I do want to take this opportunity to tell a few people some things I feel they need to hear. And, to protect privacy and all that, I’ll just be vague (they know who they are anyway). And, please!.. if you find that one of these applies to you, take it personally.

Hey You!.. You there, the one who is giving of yourself without a second thought. The one who has a life and a family and a career and God knows what else; you are a joy to have as a friend and a jam-up example of how family members should treat one another. I know you’re tired. I know that there are ten gabillion things on your mind right now: not just the circumstances at hand, but the things that you know you could be doing instead of what you’re doing now… I know that you understand the importance of your role right now, and I know that you see the outcome as bleak and dreary…and sadly, you may be right. But, just know that the things you are doing right now make the greatest impact on those around you. …and not just the ones who are counting on you. Your level of care, love and compassion shows an unspeakable amount in reference to your character and level of humanity. And, yes, I know you feel that it’s your job anyway, but you have to just stop and realize that what you are doing right now is making one hell of a difference to those around you. Even if you think they don’t see it. I see you.

And, You over there!.. The one who is constantly doing your best, only to be brought down by those who love you the most; just remember this: People will forget what you said, and will forget what you did; but they will never forget how you made them feel. And yes, that’s a quote from Maya Angelou.. however butchered it may be. You get my point. Those around you who don’t understand what it takes to be you, will never know what it’s like to love like you do. You are a light. You’re a role model for me; even though you’re younger than I am. Keep your chin up, take care of your responsibilities like you always have and forget the rest! Let the haters hate. It only hurts them in the long run, believe me. I was a hater for a long time. It does nothing but cause grief and pain. It took me a long time to let go of what I had to let go of, but once I did; it was as if I could breathe again. My life came back to me. So, you let them hate! You hold your head up high, Honey!.. You’re awesome at what you do.

And, to You. The one who is hurting so badly from the loss of your family member. What an amazing legacy to leave! Those grandparents are special, special people. I know what it’s like to have wonderful grandparents, and I also know what it’s like to miss them every day once they’re gone. There aren’t many left like them… and that’s the endless tragedy of it all. I don’t ask you to be strong, because I believe there is a time to mourn. I only ask that you just hold onto the memories of that precious angel you were blessed to be a part of.. They will live in you.

…there are so many more I could target.. but right now, I have to go do some other stuff.. I have more, I promise. Maybe I’ll make a part 2 of this blog.. that way I can finish doling out my love and stuff.

“Ding-Dong Dilettante!”

Told you I would think of something! Let the money flow!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Birthdays, Bama and Stereotypes. Yep! This is Auntie's World.

Happy Birthd..

I know, I know.. I'll let you finish singing it.

go ahead...

.......

Well.......... anyway. I am another year older today *cheering from the crowd* and I feel it! Boy, do I feel it!? This aging gracefully thing is really taking a lot out of me. I don't know how much longer I can make it look good... but I'm dang sure gonna give it my best!

So, what's on Auntie's mind today? ... hmmm.... let's see.. how about stereotypes and the reason we have them. That sounds random enough, doesn't it?

Well, let me just set the tone here; for those of you who are blind or have comprehension problems...I am an Alabama fan. .. through and through. If you were unaware, I am sorry you have been left out, seek medical attention immediately.

I do not get offended when people talk about a "bandwagon" because I know that I do not fit into that classification. I have been an Alabama fan going on eleven years now. No, I was not born into it. No, I did not graduate college from the University of Alabama (we can't all be perfect). No, none of my family were/are die hard Bama fans.

My story goes like this: About eleven years ago, I decided I wanted to join in the fun of college football. I met my ex-husband at the time and it seemed as if everything centered around football, Nascar and hunting (yep, he was a winner). Football has always been fun.. so I figured if I was gonna do it, I wanted to do it right.

I'm one of those people who likes to research things. I enjoy learning everything I can about something (that way I can talk about it if it comes up in conversation). Plus, if I am going to call myself a "fan" of something, I think it would be pretty dang important to know a little bit about it, right?

Yes, my ex-husband is an Alabama fan. And, yes, that may have a lot to do with how I got so involved with the Tide.. but I am also my own person, and ask anyone who knows me; if I want to do something, or if I need to make a decision about something.. I will. And, it will be out of my own mind what I choose.

So, I took it upon myself to do some research about Bama. .. at the time, I also considered Ole Miss, Mississippi State and (believe it or not) LSU. I looked heavily into all of those teams.. I knew I wanted to stay with an SEC team. That was no question. But, as I started to look at the history and tradition of those specific schools, I couldn't help but absolutely fall in love with Alabama! At the time Mike DuBose was the head coach and he was alright... I don't think he was as passionate of a coach as Alabama needed.

We were also in the middle of a recruitment probation issue because of some crazy accusations of making monetary offers to players here and there under the table so they would come play for Bama... or some blah, blah, blah...( you know, something that happens quite often in the NCAA Football world...). Anyway.. I fell in love with the school, the tradition and believe it or not, the academics of the University. So, the seed was planted. ..and I took great care of it.. and it grew into this massive tumor that has completely engulfed me.

I can't help it. It's like it gets into your blood and there's nothing you can do about it. I can't tell you how SILLY it is that I get soooo riled up about Alabama football.. but I can't help it! I can't stop it! I honestly don't know what happens...

But, anyway... Let me just take this opportunity to also voice how I absolutely abhor the stereotype of Alabama fans. ..and yes, I can honestly say that we get that stereotype because of a majority of IDIOTS that think they can act like pigs then say "Roll Tide!" I don't think they're cool.. I don't approve of them... but there are gonna be some everywhere you go. Can't help it.

But, I'm gonna tell you one dang thing.. Not every Bama fan is an ass. Not every Bama fan is a "redneck." Not every Bama fan wants to poison trees and teabag people while they're passed out. You better believe I wanna rub your face in the fact that we now have 14 National Titles... why? Because Bama fans are some of the most hated fans on the planet! But, you know what? .. My team IS better than your team! Stop whining.

And, stop calling me "white trash" and all of the other colorful names you find appealing... I have my teeth. I have my pride. And, I have a team that I am proud of. If you wanna do something with your lips... I suggest you pucker up and kiss every last one of those National Championship rings!.. All 14 of them. ..because face it, that's the closest you'll ever get to one! ... Much less 14!

ROLL TIDE, ROLL! !!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Birthday Cake Story

So, my nephew and a couple friends of his were given the assignment of making my birthday cake. hahaha! They came to my house this afternoon to construct this monstrosity. ....er.. this amazing display of love and devotion. So, I decided to record it. Memories, you know? So, without further ado- Welcome to Cake Boss: Southern Mississippi style.

The idea was created, and the cake was mixed


Then, the icing was constructed

and, taste tested for acceptable use
..which didn't exactly meet satisfactory levels, so it had to be doctored..
But, it ultimately made the cut. 

Now, to craft the board and cover it with foil..

it was a bit of a challenge..

Now, to ice the cake

then, a small game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who would do the detailed piping around it.

Cameron lost..which means he gets to squeeze the sack.. 

Oh.. don't worry.. Bruce got some action too!

All the while, Michael is working on the stencils. Bless him. 

Whew! That was a lot of work... Dan finally decided to join the group. 
So, he went straight to work with the fondant.
You see Bruce supervising back there? 

Time to put it all together. 
But there's just something missing...

Back to the drawing board.
Details, details, details....

Lots of work..but it was worth it. I think they did a jam up job! 
And, how special is it that they made my cake!?
That's one of the best gifts EVER! Thanks guys!
You really made this 32-year old Bama fan happy. 

Just CLICK IT!



Feel free to watch the whole thing, OR you can just click HERE and watch it from my favorite spot. 

Happy Saturday!!!! What a B-E-A-UTIFUL day!!!!! :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

My 100th Post!!!!

Oh my GOSH! This is my 100th blog post! *fireworks, cannons, cheers, confetti* I am so tickled that I found blogspot and that I have continued to post as I have. Over the past year, I have come to know many interesting and wonderful people. Not just through here, but from other aspects of life and such.

Today, I want to cover a very special idea... one that's close to my heart. I had a friend post a thought on Facebook a while back, and I told her that I was going to use it for a blog one day. Well, that day has arrived! So, your goodie for the day is this:

 Blessings are like glitter; they fall gently around us. You don't always see them until you look from a different perspective.

Yeah... how about that!? ..and by the way; I hate glitter. I am so anti-glitter it's not even funny. I hate glitter so much that when I am around it, it doesn't even stick to me because it is aware of how much I hate it. haaaa... Nah, I don't hate glitter to that point. Glitter is fun. It's pretty. I just don't like to have it on anything I own. It makes a mess.

BUT! For the sake of this blog, we will accept glitter for how pretty it is.. and blessings for how abundant they are.

There are so many things that have fallen (like glitter) ever so gently around us. Sometimes, they land on our shoulder, sometimes in front of us... behind us.. Some are so obvious. . then there are those that we catch out of our peripheral vision. Some that, a week down the road we see because they chose the perfect cranny to fall into.

They are there. Even if we never see them... they are still there and they are still ours. How awesome is that!?

Today I want to voice my gratitude for some specific blessings in my life. ..then I will let you reflect on some of yours:

Michael- You are so special to me. I can honestly say, I had no idea you were coming into my life...It was a surprise, and a blessing in so many ways. You were a cannon of glitter! Or... maybe you were an asteroid of glitter... You get the idea ;)

Emily- My precious little girl, my life is complete because of you. I could never want for anymore than what I have from you and because of you. I love you to the moon and back. You're my starry sky full of glitter. My endless sparkling ocean.

My Family- How amazing is it to have everything you need in one group of people. Love, support, cheerleaders, prayer warriors, friends and a lifetime of smiles and laughter. You are the continuous sprinkles. I can find a sparkle one day, then the next there's five of you suckers. I love it!

To my closest friends.. You know who you are.. if you're wondering "is she talking about me?" then you can guarantee I am. You know exactly who you are. Yes.. You! Thank you for always answering my emails and messages when I'm down. I know I don't always check in with you as I should, and I know that it seems as if sometimes I only ask you for advice, but have no doubt; you're my wave of glitter.
You're always there, but when there's times that I feel as though I need some help, you pick me up and carry me to safer territory. Thank you. It means so much to have people in my life that I can say that about.

alright... I could sit here and do this all day long. There are so many people I would love to address. But, I have things to do, and I know you don't want to sit and read what I have to say all day long (if I'm wrong and you do, please let me know..send some money... that way I can write my books and get them published).

hehe... Glitter...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is it acceptable to be satisfied?

acceptable
adjective: 
meeting only minimum requirements; 
barely adequate

satisfy
verb: 
1. to fulfill the desire, needs, or demands of 
2. to fulfill the requirements of

How many times do we accept things in life? Doesn't matter what area of life you want to apply this to, I'm gonna apply it to a specific one in my head (and because my head is so thwarted most of the time, I'm going to just make this a basic blog and you can take it and apply it however you feel you need to).

Is it even worth trying to make the differential here? .. I certainly could blog about something else, but today I want to concentrate on this. I am going to satisfy my own need to vocalize how we sometimes allow ourselves to be alright with what is only acceptable. I wonder how many times I can use those two words in this blog...

Anyway, I can accept almost anything. Almost. There are just a few things in life that I can't accept. ... I tend to keep an open mind, therefore I also suffer from an open mouth (but that's a whole other story). Acceptance is a very important idea to concentrate on. The world around us changes daily.. there are always new fads, new personal issues, new flavors of the week to take in and make a definitive decision about. Am I going to accept this, or am I going to shun it and take a stance against it?

So many times lives are changed because of acceptance (or the lack of). But, I'm not sure I want to take this road in this particular blog. The form of the word that I want to concentrate on is: acceptABLE.

What is acceptable to you? What is acceptable to your spouse? What is acceptable in the eyes of the majority? ..is that even important?

The problem I see with being acceptable is this: it's false advertising. You're looking for something that is great!..then this "acceptable" thing comes along and you're alright with that. For now. But what happens when something hits you and you need more than something acceptable?

Want an acceptable dentist? Or do you want to be satisfied with him/her? What about that 25 dollar steak you just ordered? You will certainly be full when you're done eating it.. but if it is simply acceptable, will you be satisfied? We can live our whole lives being ok with acceptable.. but do you know what I find at fault in that? ... Room for complaints and ultimately being unhappy. The danger in that is: if you find yourself alright with what you have found to be "acceptable" then it is going to be that much easier to drop when something even better comes along. Is that where we want to be? Constantly on the edge of going after something new and satisfying?

If you're alright with it, then I'm alright with it.

I know that I can really make this blog hard to follow if I don't just come out with my point... so to save you from a complete mental break-down I will cut all of the chit-chat and just hit you with the main idea I'm trying to make.

It is perfectly fine to live your entire life accepting things. There is nothing wrong with waking up day after day, living your acceptable life. Don't get me wrong.

But, when it's all done, and this short life is over; are you going to be satisfied with acceptable? How about this.. since words make an obvious difference here let me rephrase that question...

When it's all done, and this short life is over; are you going to be fulfilled with meeting only the minimum requirements?

I'll go one more... Will those around you (who you love and adore) be satisfied?

When we go to work, we should go to work in our best mindset. When the boss asks us to do a small project, we should do it and do it to the very best of our capability. 
When our family needs our support and understanding, we should give them that and more.

I use the title of "we" and "our" because I'm talking to myself just as much as you guys. I have these moments of self-actualization and I tend to try and talk myself through them. It doesn't always work, but I believe we are all creatures of habit; and if you believe it or not, we are all a lot alike. So, at some point I've got to believe that change is possible.

I had a bit of a rough night. I didn't sleep well, then I woke up and my day just didn't start out like I had hoped...then it got worse. Good news though, the sun is shining! I'm still breathing, and I have more to be thankful for than to complain about. Don't you?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Auntie: Level [Not Impressed]

I am so not impressed with this coming Monday (the 16th). You see, I will be celebrating my birthday Monday and I am not very happy. When I turned 28, I was under the impression that I would continue to have birthdays, but I would not age (thanks to the fairy that came to me that night in my sleep and sprinkled me with magic fairy dust). Here I am, almost 4 years later, and I am sooooo gonna pout about it.

I am going to file a formal complaint with Never-Never Land, cause Tink has seriously failed at her job. And, the crazy part is; I can’t even find the little bungler to express to her how disappointed I am.

Just for kicks, I will be accepting gifts from today at 4pm central time until sometime next Fall.. so you have plenty of time to get whatever you think would flatter Auntie the most and send it my way! I do have a preference for cold hard cash; however, I will also accept gift cards, money orders, pre-set offshore bank accounts in my name and any amount of Gold, Silver or Diamonds.

..a nice card will work as well.. or a hand-written note to say Happy Birthday. Go ahead and draw me a little smiley face on there while you’re at it. But, for those of you who want to make it a huge celebration for me, just ask. I have a post office box that would love some attention! You could also pass the word around that there’s this amazing gal on blogspot that has some def blogs. You know… I love attention!

So.. anyway.. I am in the process of writing two different blogs right now, I just have to find the time and energy to finish them. One is an Auntie Original with some prolific views on life and the things that go with it. … the other is another story blog. I think this one will only be in two parts… but I am very excited about it. It’s written in a first-person format and I am having a lot of fun with it. It does; however, challenge me. I like to just write whatever comes to my head, but with this one, I have to actually think about how all of my tenses apply. …tenses.. is that a word? …

Anyway.. I just wanted to say hello to you all and tell you that I think of you daily.. I’ve just been ├╝ber busy. ..ok.. enough excuses. I gotta get back to work.

…Monday.


The 16th.

Mark it down.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Easy Button Found!!!

Alright, I have found the magic button. You know that Easy Button? Found it!.. Click Here.

OH!.. No!! Wait!!.. My bad.. that was totally the wrong link. Let me see. ... Ok.. here; the link to the easy button ---> Easy Button

Are you kidding me!? What the heck is going on!? I swear I have the link.. but for some reason it's not working when I post it. I guess that means you will just have to deal with things in life without the easy button. I'm so very sorry.

I hate it when this happens. I mean, it's really embarrassing. Here you are, my loyal followers..and I promise you something, only to find out that I can't deliver it as planned. What a disappointment! Maybe I should use that Easy Button to help me post the link?.. I'm gonna try one more time. Please just bare with me..

Ok. I just checked it myself, and it is working. So, if you would like a little edge in life?.. If you would like things to go the way you want them to.. if you have things that you need taken care of, but you just don't have the time...look no more! I have the answers to all of your questions and the little ailments that hound you.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please give me a moment of silence as I introduce to you: The Easy Button

Got it? Right? You see it? Whew! I'm so glad I finally got it to work! Now, you don't have to worry about dealing with things you don't want to deal with! Imagine what 2012 is going to be like for us now!.. ahhhhh... yep, I am ready!

It's about time we got a break, huh? Life is just crazy! Don't you agree?

Just one thought/question/ponderable before I let you go and play with the easy button until you're nothing but a pile of mush: How long do you think it will actually take before you realize the easy button isn't the answer? How long would it take you to become something you hate? Something you constantly complain about because it's distasteful or ridiculous. ...

Are these moments in life that we term "difficult" really as bad as we make them out to be? Or.. do we paint a picture of how we think it looks because it helps us to pity ourselves. Maybe we detail it a bit worse than it really is????? Maybe?

Got someone that just grinds on your nerves? .. There is certainly nothing wrong with pressing that Easy Button to get rid of that moron!.. right? You know.. you may not see it this way, but I believe that everything we face in life; we face for a reason. Even if it is as small as something that allows our character to show. I know that I complained a lot this morning.

For those of you who don't know me; I work in a closet. I mean, for real. I work in a closet with a sliding door. It's hard enough to come to work..but then to be stuck in a closet all day is just torturous.

I am stuck in this closet with a fellow co-worker. God love her..
This morning, I was not in the best of moods. I dealt with a bit more last night than I wanted to..some stupid stuff. So, this morning I was already in a poor mood...then I get to work and someone didn't give me a piece of paper I needed to answer the question they asked in reference to something I was doing FOR them...yet the whole time, they had the paper on their desk. SHEESH! Give me a BREAK!

I sat here and complained for twenty minutes to the girl I work with. ...bless her! During my rant; I stopped and finally just listened to myself. Do you know how I felt? Like an idiot. I hate complaining. I really do. But, I'm really good at it!

You know what that situation did for me? It made me realize how stupid it is to let little things get to me like that did. ..and how ridiculous I sound when I moan and groan about it.
I could blame it on last night ... and the little tiff I experienced; but that still isn't right either. Last night was last night. Today is today.

I know that all of that sounds like gravy..but I also am human and realize that I can sit here and preach all day long about how letting little things affect you; and you know what? .. I'm the world's worst about that very thing. I guess I just needed to blog about it so I could really take a look at how mundane it is.

And, that's what it is. .. It's all really lacking any excitement at all. SO, what's the big deal!? Get it together, Auntie! Life is good! .. Situations aren't that great sometimes, but you know what? That's part of life, and we can drive or ride.

No easy button. Sorry.. I just needed a reason to link to a few funny pictures, I guess. So, in case you didn't click the links, go ahead and do that now. Maybe they will add a small smile or little twinkle to your day. I wish you all the best! There's no easy button, there are no easy roads. The only road that is easy is going to be the wrong one. Life is meant to be challenging. It allows us to prove to ourselves just how awesome we are.

..unless you're a terrorist.


a... terrifying terrorist.